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Move over cloud, big data is here
This article is part of the Vol. 10 Num. 5 July 2011 issue of Storage magazine
With all the talk about cloud and big data, it’s hard to tell which comes first; but it just might be a cloud foundation that enables big data applications. The seemingly inexorable march toward cloud storage has run into a detour called “big data.” It’s not that the cloud drifted away or disappeared, but the buzz about big data has captured the attention of tape, storage and database vendors, and just about everyone else in the data storage industry. Obviously, if you sell gear, you like the idea of “big data” because it means users will need more gear to handle all that big data. But what is big data? In the long run, the term big data is squishy enough that it may not amount to much more than a passing marketing term, but when you step back and view the big picture, “big data” is all about what you do with digital information, and that’s an underlying requisite driving nearly every IT change unfolding now. Disruptive trends in IT have always revolved around new ways to interact with information. The new capabilities that are ...